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A Big Slim's Firearms opened in a shopping center in Carollton, Texas, this week—right by a Little Caesers, a piano repair store, a children's dance studio, and a pet hedgehog store (!). This wouldn't be a big deal—it's not like there aren't other gun stores in the area—but residents are up in arms that they weren't notified earlier. "I'd rather have a gun shop than some of the convenience stores around here," said the town mayor. But a neighborhood association president sent out an enraged email that said, "How can they open a gun shop within feet of homes and in particular our neighborhood?" When the city council approved the gun store, one of the things they checked is whether it was legal for a gun shop—the store stocks semi-automatic weapons—to open in the same mall as a liquor store. "But obviously in Texas there are no rules," the council noted. We want to know what the hedgehogs think of all this. [Dallas News]